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MCAT Basic Information

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MCAT Basic Information
The Medical College Admission Test (MCAT) is a standardized, multiple-choice examination designed to assess the examinee's problem solving, critical thinking, and knowledge of science concepts and principles prerequisite to the study of medicine. Scores are reported in Physical Sciences, Verbal Reasoning, and Biological Sciences.

Almost all U.S. medical schools and many Canadian schools require applicants to submit MCAT exam scores. Many schools do not accept MCAT exam scores that are more than three years old.

You may sit for the MCAT exam if you are preparing to apply to a health professions school. These include the following types of schools:
  • Allopathic
  • Osteopathic
  • Podiatric
  • Veterinary Medicine
At the time of registration you will be required to accept a statement verifying your intention to apply to a health professions school. If, however, you are not applying to a health professions school, or if you are a currently enrolled medical student, you may obtain "special permission" to register for the exam.

If you are an international student, you are welcome to take the MCAT exam provided that you meet the eligibility requirements described above. If you are in an MBBS degree program or hold the MBBS degree, you may register for the MCAT exam without seeking special permission.